Comment On OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

This is the eigth article in a twelve-part series that discusses the twelve finalists and their calculator submissions for the OMGWTF Programming Contest. The entries are being presented in the order submitted, and the winner will be announced on June 18, 2007. [expand full text]
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Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:14 • by TheDan (unregistered)
Love this Tip of the Day:

"You are the user". Had me laughing out loud.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:15 • by Anon (unregistered)
For numbers, this behaves pretty much as you would expect. For other types, not so much.


Best..documentation..ever!

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:17 • by Your Name (unregistered)
adding colors doesn't seem to work? red+green=yellow

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:17 • by BlueKnot (unregistered)
The depth and variety of just "What is a WTF?" continues to amaze... Yeah, I liked the "You are the user" tip too, but when the systray icon popped up a bubble to tell me "the operands have been multiplied!" I cracked up.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:23 • by Your Name (unregistered)
where can i find api for creating new plugins?

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:35 • by sirhegel
140222 in reply to 140219
Now this is just hilarious :-D Absolutely the best entry so far :-D Pure WTF right from starting the application, and the author seems to have great sense of humour.

Plugins have loaded!
Yes, no, cancel?

Did you note that the "Show tips on startup" checkbox cannot be unchecked :-D

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:41 • by Someone (unregistered)
140223 in reply to 140217
Your Name:
adding colors doesn't seem to work? red+green=yellow


Red + Green == Yellow where I come from.

And where I come from is adding the colors of light, as opposed to pigments of some kind.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:41 • by JC (unregistered)
140224 in reply to 140217
Your Name:
adding colors doesn't seem to work? red+green=yellow

That's about what I'd expect.

Red = 255,0,0 RGB
Green = 0,255,0 RGB

255,0,0 + 0,255,0) = 255,255,0 = Yellow

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:42 • by Zadok001
This wins the contest.

No one else thought to make an annoying little pop-up on my taskbar that says "Your calculation is complete!"

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:44 • by JokerPokerUberSmoker (unregistered)
140227 in reply to 140218
BlueKnot:
but when the systray icon popped up a bubble to tell me "the operands have been multiplied!" I cracked up.


I'm still in stitches with this one. It's a moment of pure genius!

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:45 • by htg (unregistered)
140228 in reply to 140217
Your Name:
adding colors doesn't seem to work? red+green=yellow


Well that is clearly the Additive RGB colour plugin you are using.

I recommend you create a Subtractive CMYK colour plugin to get the result you desire. Maybe a Pantone plugin? Don't forget that some people are tetrachromats, or the colour of magic.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:50 • by Look at me! I'm on the internets! (unregistered)
Anybody tried negating a picture yet?
Good times, Good times.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:51 • by (unregistered) (unregistered)
I'm one of Greg D's co-workers, and I have it on good authority that the awesome UI is deeply inspired by our company's standard Lotus Notes template.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:51 • by Saladin
At least he took the time to put drop shadows in for the buttons, there.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:53 • by FDF (unregistered)
Cool

But error message boxes are wrong, it should be "yes", "no" and "file not found".

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:54 • by JokerPokerUberSmoker (unregistered)
My god, this is brilliant! The more I use it, the more WTF it actually turns out to be ...

From the simple things like the task bar pop up, to the tips that you can't not show at start up (disabled check box), to the wonderful barmy-ness of the UI and the brain-warping calculating colours, pictures and numbers.

It's simply wonderful and is the best I've seen so far. Well done that man!

CAPTCHA: Do I really have to type onomatopoeia (twice!)

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:56 • by Look at me! I'm on the internets! (unregistered)
140234 in reply to 140229
Look at me! I'm on the internets!:
Anybody tried negating a picture yet?
Good times, Good times.


Now I can't get it to work again. I did something with pictures, hit the +- button and got reverse colour.

Can't seem to duplicate it.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:56 • by Alextfish (unregistered)
Hmm. Two apples + three apples = three apples? The author must live in a world with a hefty apple tax.

That said, this is brilliant. Absurd, almost entirely unusable (I particularly like the way you need to double-click on the numbers to type them in, even once you've assembled yourself a keypad), and definitely WTF.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 10:58 • by Look at me! I'm on the internets! (unregistered)
140237 in reply to 140233
JokerPokerUberSmoker:


CAPTCHA: Do I really have to type onomatopoeia (twice!)


Sounds like it!

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:04 • by dude (unregistered)

It's very accurate for real world scenarios-

picture of my kid + 2 apples / 4 does = that weird brown color

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:14 • by SB (unregistered)
Yay! I killed it!

3 x Apple = Err = "UniversalCalculator.exe has encountered an error and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

To invert an image, do "<image> +/- =".

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:15 • by s0be
But does it implement significant figures?

How many blues long is the remainder after you divide a waffle by an unladen pidgin?

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:20 • by CodingForPretend
140242 in reply to 140241
s0be:
How many blues long is the remainder after you divide a waffle by an unladen pidgin?

Shouldn't that be an "unladen swallow"?


I know, I know, there's also the obligatory African or European follow up question.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:40 • by RC Pinchey (unregistered)
Wow. This wins the OMGWTF competition, and in fact wins every competition there's ever been, of any kind, ever.

...although I'm a little sad inside that there's no "sounds" plugin for it. I want to say hello + 4.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:40 • by Jimmy (unregistered)
140245 in reply to 140242
CodingForPretend:
s0be:
How many blues long is the remainder after you divide a waffle by an unladen pidgin?

Shouldn't that be an "unladen swallow"?


African or European?

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:40 • by Frost Cat (unregistered)
140246 in reply to 140242
CodingForPretend:
s0be:
How many blues long is the remainder after you divide a waffle by an unladen pidgin?

Shouldn't that be an "unladen swallow"?


I know, I know, there's also the obligatory African or European follow up question.


My question would've been, "which pidgin? Creole or something else?"

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:52 • by ender
Was somebody traumatized by Lotus Notes?

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:58 • by Hit (unregistered)
Damn. It's going to be hard descision for the judges!

And while you can't compare apples and oranges, nobody said anything about ADDING them! Or multiplying them...by colors.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 11:59 • by paint (unregistered)
140251 in reply to 140235
Alextfish:
Hmm. Two apples + three apples = three apples? The author must live in a world with a hefty apple tax.

That said, this is brilliant. Absurd, almost entirely unusable (I particularly like the way you need to double-click on the numbers to type them in, even once you've assembled yourself a keypad), and definitely WTF.

The calculator ate 2 apples to process your request.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:02 • by TheDan (unregistered)
140252 in reply to 140249
He's defined a new math concept! Create a new number and make it a letter and then add them. You get -0 ! The entire history of math will need to be revisited.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:05 • by TheDan (unregistered)
140253 in reply to 140252
guess I was wrong. I hit the negate button instead. Still funny that you can have -0 anyway.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:07 • by dreadlocks (unregistered)
140254 in reply to 140253
TheDan:
guess I was wrong. I hit the negate button instead. Still funny that you can have -0 anyway.
-0 is the insubstantial delta between 1.000... and 0.999...

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:09 • by Someone (unregistered)
This doesn't work with WinXP SP2 German:
"Die Anwendung konnte nicht gestartet werden, weil die Anwenungskonfiguration nicht korrekt ist. Zur Problembehebung sollten Sie die Anwendung neu installieren."
Translation:
"This application could not be started, because the application configuration is incorrect. To fix the problem you should reinstall the application"

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:16 • by ArieLex
This thing is hilarious, and genius. Sure winner imho.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:19 • by rilarios
140257 in reply to 140255
Someone:
This doesn't work with WinXP SP2 German:
"Die Anwendung konnte nicht gestartet werden, weil die Anwenungskonfiguration nicht korrekt ist. Zur Problembehebung sollten Sie die Anwendung neu installieren."
Translation:
"This application could not be started, because the application configuration is incorrect. To fix the problem you should reinstall the application"


It happened to me with the finalist 7 and 8... I'm using XP in Spanish....

I think that the lack of localization is also a "feature" of the WTF's!!!!

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 12:20 • by J Random Hacker (unregistered)
140258 in reply to 140217
Your Name:
adding colors doesn't seem to work? red+green=yellow


Red is 2 and Green is 5, so obviously the answer is Violet.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 13:09 • by Amackera
140262 in reply to 140258
I don't want to be a killjoy, and I did like this entry, but to me it feels too contrived. There's definitely WTF'ery afoot, but it doesn't feel accidental, or whatever.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 13:16 • by (unregistered) (unregistered)
140265 in reply to 140249
Anybody who's been lucky enough to use Lotus Notes as a "Memo" client (lotus doesn't do e-mail, that's not enterprisey enough) on a regular basis has been traumatized by it. It makes me cry myself to sleep at night.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 13:28 • by too_many_usernames
140269 in reply to 140265
Hrm. Any time I try to do things with disparate types I either get "Err" or "The number is not normalized! [Abort] [Retry] [Ignore]"

I can't do your fancy adding 5 and an apple, for instance....

Addendum (2007-06-07 13:34):
EDIT: Even when I hit the 'N' button, which I assume means "normalize"....

A real WTF

2007-06-07 14:10 • by pm (unregistered)
Many of the other ones were overly clever, matching code that architects or PHD produce. THis one is much more like what you get in real life. A really stupid app that does what the user asked for so they cant complain , but they know they are not happy. WHen they argue about it the devs say things like
"systray is useful for asynch notification" (jargon)
"we didnt have good specs" (blame the user)
"the one I did for ACME widgets worked this way and they stole our market share" (FUD)
....

ANd i Havent even looked at the code yet

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 14:25 • by ReiVaX18 (unregistered)
this ought to be the heaven for synesthetes.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 15:54 • by Andrew (unregistered)
140294 in reply to 140255
I'm getting the "the application configuration is incorrect" error in English WinXP.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 15:58 • by JF (unregistered)
140295 in reply to 140237
Look at me! I'm on the internets!:
JokerPokerUberSmoker:


CAPTCHA: Do I really have to type onomatopoeia (twice!)


Sounds like it!


Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Shift+Tab, Ctrl+V...yay the I want the world to see my caption Macro...waffles

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 16:16 • by makomk
140298 in reply to 140294
Andrew:
I'm getting the "the application configuration is incorrect" error in English WinXP.


They're compiled against a very recent version of the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime that probably isn't available on all systems. (They certainly don't work under Linux using Wine as a result...)

City

2007-06-07 16:43 • by Minos (unregistered)
currently lives in a place called “City.”

Oooh! Greg, have you met The Tick?

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 18:11 • by 0x15e (unregistered)
This is just amazing. I completely just made grape drink with this calculator ({picture of sugar} + {picture of water} + {color dark purple}).

I mean, just wow. Fantastic.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 18:48 • by JUST ANOTHER WTF (unregistered)
140330 in reply to 140325
0x15e:
This is just amazing. I completely just made grape drink with this calculator ({picture of sugar} + {picture of water} + {color dark purple}).

I mean, just wow. Fantastic.


I never bother with a picture for my water... I just drink straight from the tap.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 18:53 • by chrismcb
Well I'm going to chime in here, and say so far it looks like an easy decision for the judges.
Yeah this looks like another COOL program. But its NOT a WTF.

Yeah it does some crazy stuff, some funny stuff. But NOT a WTF.

Again Alex apparently didn't think there was any WTF code in their to share with us. But it sounds to be like it works (mostly, with some bugs)

Perhaps I'm mistaked, but I didn't think the programming contest was "find out the coolest way to can implement a calculator"

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 19:16 • by rjnewton
140335 in reply to 140217
Your Name:
adding colors doesn't seem to work? red+green=yellow

Welcome to the world of RGB, mate. I'm afraid your still stuck in grade school here, where the primary colors are red, yellow and blue, and color combinations are based on combining pigments [absorption]. With projective colors, red and green do indeed add up to yellow:
<html>
<head>
<title> Color experiment </title>
<style type="text/css">
body {background-color: #ffff00;}
</style>
</head>
<body>
<p> Hi mate. What color do ya see here? </p>
</body>
</html>


Addendum (2007-06-07 19:33):
Egads! Sorry folks, forgot to use code tags around the html above.

Re: OMGWTF Finalist #08: Universal Calculator

2007-06-07 20:03 • by Daniel Beardsmore
The real WTF is that this is the second (of two!) entries that I've tried that don't work in Windows 2000 without visiting the shrine of DLL-Files.com. The OCR one needed VC++ 8 runtime, and this one needs GDIPLUS.DLL (whatever that is).
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